Reverend Jesse Jackson speaks out on Occupy
Posted on 5:05pm Tuesday 24th Jan 2012
Reverend Jesse Jackson, a leading civil rights activist and president and founder of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, has spoken out on the Occupy movement, and why more people should support it. On Wall Street, young students have created a free democratic place they call Liberty Square. They protest that that Wall Street has been rescued, but there is no help the most Americans, who are the 99%.
Jackson says that credit has to be given where credit it due, and the 99% has not been violent, despite the use of pepper spray by police. He stated that “Occupy is a spirit whose time has come, capturing the people and the world’s imagination with a keen focus on the gaps of inequality, unfairness and corruption.”
Rev. Jackson went on to make historical examples of people who “occupied”:
“Jesus was an occupier. Born under occupation, facing a death warrant on his life, he fled to Egypt an immigrant, a political refugee. He represented hope for the oppressed; his mission was to serve the poor.”
“Gandhi was an occupier. He marched to the sea protesting colonialism and British occupation. He prevailed.”
“Mandela was an occupier, his country occupied by the ruthlessness of apartheid. But Mandela occupoed his jail cell on Robben Island, turning it into a library, a center for peaceful, non-violent revolution. He Prevailed.”
“Dr. Martin Luther King was an occupier, our country occupied by the vicious and divisive legal segregation. His last great campaign was the Poor People’s Campaign, aimed at occupying the Mall in the nation’s Capitol to address abounding poverty, the demands for a job or an income for all, health care for all. When Dr. King was shot down on April 4, the campaign moved on to Washington DC, setting up Resurrection City and occupying the nation’s Capitol in tents. It was the precursor to today’s Occupy movement. We prevailed”
So when criticizing all of these left wing movements wanting change, wonder why a significant percentage of the population doesn’t want change when these examples show how occupy movements have changed our world for the better.